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Colonialism and imperialism has played a significant role in shaping the modern world as we see it today Encartas dictionary defines colonialism as a policy in which a country rules other nations and develops trade for its own benefit It also defines imperialism as the extension of power or authority over others in the interests of domination 2004 Very few countries today have been left untouched by these two major history-shaping forces The most renowned colonialists and imperialists make up what we call The West which refers to the societies of Europe and their genealogical colonial and philosophical descendants Spain France Britain Canada and the United States of America are some examples of Western societies These countries have spread their influence and hegemony over other nations for centuries shaping todays North America Central-America South America Africa Oceana and Asia Western Society 2004 Indochina is a region that today we would consider as Southeast Asia comprised of Laos Cambodia and Vietnam Indochina 2001 Its most recent and most important contact with the West came from France and America The West had a negative impact on Indochina because its influence damaged Southeast Asias system of government destroyed and diluted the indigenous culture caused many people to lose their lives and liberty and set the course for future economic depressions and poverty The earliest French settlers to inhabit Indochina quickly evolved into power-hungry imperialists Since the French colonized Indochina and formed the French Indochina Union in 1884 the entire Indochinese political structure went into shambles Hammer 1966 The puppet governments installed after French colonization were repressive totalitarian and corrupt Age old traditional and cultural monarchies were replaced by despots under French influence These governments rarely tended to the peoples needs In little time each country lost its own unique identity Laos Cambodia and Vietnam disappeared off maps and were replaced simply by French Indochina Vietnam War 2004 New policies also gave the French longevity in their reign Only
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